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View Poll Results: Do you rinse off dishes before putting them in the dishwasher
I completely wash dishes (scrubbed with soap!) before putting them in 0 0%
I rinse dishes before putting them in 18 45.00%
My dog licks the dishes before I put them in 7 17.50%
Sometimes I rinse them, but not always 7 17.50%
I put dishes covered with food in the dishwasher 0 0%
I put whole meals of food into the dishwasher for fun (dishwasher says OM NOM!) 0 0%
My hands are the dishwasher (I don't have one or don't choose to use one) 5 12.50%
Why wash dishes when you can use paper and plastic utensils/plates/bowls? 3 7.50%
I don't wash dishes- I just layer the new food on top of the crusty old food 0 0%
Lasagna (cooked in the dishwasher!) 0 0%
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Old 09-21-2012, 04:34 PM
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My apartment doesn't have a dishwasher, so I wash all of mine by hand. I rinse out dirty dishes (complete with non-soapy sponge) as soon as I'm done using them - that way I don't have to worry about them getting nasty if they sit on my counter for a few days. lol And it keeps the water clean when I do wash them.

I fully intend to have a dishwasher when I have a house, though. And for that, food would be scraped off into the trash, but otherwise it goes straight to the dishwasher. That is what I did growing up and our dishwasher did a great job (and with a family of seven where all meals were homecooked, it saw a lot of action!)
ETA: our dishwasher was a power house (not cheap), and mom would soak really groady dishes in the sink to help loosen stuff up before placing it in.
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Old 09-21-2012, 07:14 PM
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If I don't rinse my dishes first, I tend to find caked on food when it comes out of the dishwasher. I have found I don't have to clean them as well if I use the Finish dishwashing tabs/pack versus a powder like Cascade or something.
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Old 09-21-2012, 07:18 PM
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Our dishwasher either sucks, or the dishwashing liquid we use sucks, because if you don't rinse them, they don't get clean.
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Old 09-21-2012, 07:22 PM
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The dogs almost always get to lick the plates. They are so conditioned that they sleep while we eat until they see the last bite come off the plate amd then they are up and ready for action lol

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Old 09-21-2012, 07:31 PM
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Originally Posted by SoCrafty View Post
If I don't rinse my dishes first, I tend to find caked on food when it comes out of the dishwasher.
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Our dishwasher either sucks, or the dishwashing liquid we use sucks, because if you don't rinse them, they don't get clean.
Same here. Ours is pretty old, and it's not a priority to replace it. So we just rinse the dishes.

Although even if I had a super powered dish blaster, I would probably do it out of habit.

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Old 09-21-2012, 07:53 PM
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I haven't had a dishwasher since I was in middle school. It broke one day and that was that lol.

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Old 09-21-2012, 09:43 PM
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I'm picky about dishes I bought/picked out and Katalin's dishes - those are always scrubbed, rinsed and scoured over before they go into the dishwasher. Others - I leave to my parents/bro lol
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Old 09-21-2012, 09:50 PM
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I never did when I had a dishwasher. Now I don't have one, so I wash by hand.

Although it's really awful, many times I would get lazy and just use disposable stuff so I wouldn't have to wash it. Like...90% of the time :P
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Old 09-21-2012, 11:29 PM
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Yep. Otherwise there are certain foods that just get baked on in the dishwasher.
And it's icky to me to load a dishwasher with dishes that are covered in food.

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Old 09-21-2012, 11:32 PM
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No dishwasher sadly
but my rule is NO dirty dishes in the sink. So I rinse them off right after eating (so food doesn't stick and get gross) and wash and dry asap.

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